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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
|*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has shipped to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, make sure to snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
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|Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers ::|
LOST NIGHTS AT THE LEOPARD LOUNGE
Have you listened yet? “Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers' new release, Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge
, is a soulful throwback to Chicago blues and the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. D'Amour's voice can best be related to Bonnie Raitt, but there is a little Marcia Ball in her tone, and the Love Dealers' expertly mixed blues soul and funk to give the new songs a little something extra for the listener." -- Troy Michael, Innocent Words Magazine
“Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge
is a strong album with good songs, talented musicians, and fabulous production…” Blues Beat
“Right from the excellent opener, the up tempo shuffle of ‘No Good’, the songs are all originals, intelligent and interesting, well sung by Michele whose voice is flexible and convincing, ranging from the strong slow blues of ‘Trouble’ to the ever-so slightly pop tinged ‘When The Blues Come Calling’.” Norman Darwen, Blues in the NW ...Find more about this CD and the artist
|Jon Spear Band :: HOT SAUCE|
|The Jon Spear Band tour schedule supports their new CD release. Look for the Jon Spear Band to be playing at a number of Virginia festivals this summer including an appearance with Anson Funderburgh and Bruce Katz at the Big Buggs Island Blues Bash in Clarksville and headlining the Jam Fish Festival in Mt. Sidney. Click image for all their dates.|
The band’s performances coincide with the release of new CD, Hot Sauce, featuring 12 all-new original songs; a mixture of rhythms and styles, from good time party songs to serious socio-political statements, all delivered with soul and fire. The band’s new recording is a "masterpiece” says Australia's Peter Merrett (PBS 106.7 FM) with lyrics that are “incredibly powerful" according to Bill Wilson of Reflections In Blue. The album has already chalked up thousands of streams on Apple Music and Spotify, and enough airplay to debut in the top 30 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart.
"Bottom Of The Bottle"
|July 27 Opening Reception at Delta Blues Museum for John Lee Hooker: Endless Boogie |
|(Clarksdale, MS) - Join us Thursday, July 27th from 5-7pm for John Lee Hooker: Endless Boogie, the exhibit opening reception to kick off "John Lee Hooker Month" at the Delta Blues Museum! Sponsored by Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, Visit Clarksdale and Mississippi Arts Commission. Free and open to the public from 5-7pm with live music.|
Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services–the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community–and a 2014 winner of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. ...Find more about the Delta Museum
|Chosen by National Geographic: One of "Ten Awesome Music Festivals" - worldwide!|
|(Rentiesville, OK)- “If you really want to get off the beaten path, check out this all-night blues festival in tiny Rentiesville, one of Oklahoma’s few surviving historically all-black towns. Night owls dig the blues from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. for three days straight," says National Geographic.|
The Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival in Oklahoma with be held Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, 2017 in Rentiesville. (click image to enlarge)
Three stages, indoors and out, 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, kid’s village, and bar-b-que. The signature event of the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum, Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame (OBHOF), that we fondly refer to as the "world’s largest back yard party."
Headliners include: Indigenous, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Norman Jackson Band, Johnny Rawls, Akeem Kemp, Selby Minner and Blues on the Move, Bonnie McCoy, Captain Jack, Leon Rollerson. Jimmy Preacher Ellis, Berry Harris ...Find more about the artists and the Dusk To Dawn Festival
|SURVIVOR: The Benny Turner Story now available|
|After more than 60 years performing gospel, R&B, soul and blues everywhere from the Chitlin Circuit to the Apollo Theatre to the far reaches of the globe, Benny Turner shares his captivating life story in his new biography, SURVIVOR: The Benny Turner Story. NOW AVAILABLE in hardcover and eBook versions! |
An oral history as told to Bill Dahl, Benny talks about his early years in Gilmer, TX, the family’s move to Chicago in 1950 and the ultimate birth of his career in the gospel, R&B and blues genres. Surviving extreme poverty in rural East Texas followed by the shocking transition to urban life in Chicago and the untimely death of his big brother, bandmate and best friend Freddie King, is only a portion of the obstacles Benny has survived.
Bill Dahl writes in his introduction to the book, “What you’re reading is Benny Turner’s story the way he wants it told.”
Early acclaim for the book has been high, both from within the music industry and beyond, earning multiple 5-star reviews from Readers Favorite book reviews. ...Find pics, signings and more about Benny Turner's book
|Dear Blues Band & Blues Label, It's Awards Season once again|
|Here is a reminder for the current entry details for both the Grammy® Awards and the Blues Music Awards. The first round for Grammy® Award entries closed on July 17th, 2017 for recordings released between October 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017. The second round opens on August 9th and closes on August 27th. This is for recordings released between August 1st, 2017 and September 30th, 2017.|
Click the Grammy® image for every detail about the entry process.
September 15th is also the last day to either renew or become a Recording Academy Voting Member in order to be able to vote in the first-round ballot.
Submissions for the Blues Music Awards are also. Click that image to signup. Not a member of The Blues Foundation or need to renew?
...More details for information about the Grammy's and Blues Music Awards
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Call Reservations @ (816) 753-7979 and Book Your Cabin NOW! Visit here for complete lineup and cabin availability.
Enter for your chance to Win A Blues Cruise For 2! One lucky winner will be drawn on August 15th for an ocean-view cabin for 2 on LRBC #29, sailing Oct. 21-28. Tell ’em Blues Festival Guide sent you! Please limit one entry per person, must be 21 to enter. Entry form
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Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam (Pinnacle Class).
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The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Prebook starts July 25th at 11am CDT.
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|Elwood's BluesMobile (LAST SHOW!)|
|July 29-30, 2017 Radio Show:|
Elwood's Farewell Dance Party!
The Bluesmobile hangs up its spurs, 24 years after we first went on the air. And we go out with a bang. It’s an all-star dance party. So bottle up your tears, roll back the rug, and get set to party with Taj Mahal, the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Charles, Junior Walker, Sam and Dave, and more!
Dancing our way out the door. One last time. Next time. In the Bluesmobile.
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Editor's Note: Thank you for your dedication to the music. We sure will miss you... your taste, your enthusiasm, your humor! RESPECT!
|Benny Turner "Same Old Blues"|
|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
|Birthdays upcoming of note: |
July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), "Banjo" Ikey Robinson (1904);
July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948)
July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923); Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953); Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917), Mark Naftalin (1944); Aug 4 Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 7 Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937)
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Blues and Ribfest
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Waterville Blues Festival
Waterville, Ohio, USA
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza 22nd Annual
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Blues On The Chippewa
Aug-04-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-10-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Cincy Blues Fest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
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|The Sunflower River Blues|
& Gospel Festival
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Bicentennial Mississippi Event Downtown Clarksdale,
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-13-2017 - Aug-14-2017
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-20-2017
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
BBQ & Blues Festival
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-19-2017
Madison, Indiana, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-25-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
2 Left Feet Blues Festival
Aug-26-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Simsbury, Connecticut, USA
Black Prairie Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017, West Point
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